Sacred Stuff: 5 materially expressive churches | News | Architonic

PARISH CHURCH OF SANTA MONICA | vicens + ramos This church, just 15 km outside Madrid, takes on a curving, arrow-like form in order to maximally occupy its long, narrow plot. At the south end, its vertical edge widens into the main altar room at the north, lit by a mosaic of skylights. On the church’s exterior, these skylights appear as an explosion of graphic lines, rectangles and trapezoids, which the architects sheathed in weathering steel. CHURCH OF ST. WENCESLAS | atelier štĕpán Based on Romanesque rotundas, this concrete church in Sazovice, Czech Republic finds inspiration in its endless form. “When you observe the volume, you feel the lightness made by the design principle of tapering the walls into tiny lines. It’s like cutting a paper cylinder and exploring its possibilities,” explains architect Marek Jan Štěpán. “I created the windows by pushing and pulling the cuts and letting the light glide softly on the walls.” SAINT JOSEPH IN THE WOODS | messner architects Messner Archit… continue


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